|Dasha Fedoseeva, standing, was among the volunteers|
at the Rosh Hashanah auction and gala fundraiser
at Moscow's Radisson Royal Hotel on Sept. 19, 2012.
The money went to benefit a Jewish orphanage.
Fedoseeva wasn’t just a guest. She was part of a team of young Jewish volunteers whose goal was to mingle and charm older guests into increasing their donations to local Jewish charities.
Organized by the Russian Jewish Congress, the gala dinner and auction raised $85,000. In 2011, the Congress allocated $385,000 to a Jewish orphanage in Moscow -- all the money was raised locally in fundraising drives.
The raising of substantial funds locally is a sign of something that was almost unthinkable just a few years ago in former Soviet bloc countries. -- JTA
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